Prayer is a powerful force that can change the course of a nation.
Prayer changes people, events, and the entire world. This is not the typical ceremonial, liturgical, repetitive prayer that we are used to reciting in church or from something we may read. I am talking about genuine heart felt prayers that breaks through the facades of the heart. Most of us are burdened in our spirit with genuine cares and concerns of life and we tell ourselves that if we can get this problem fix them we will be able to pray. I believe problems are a means to prayer, it drives you to a place where you have no option but to pray.
Having the understanding that prayer changes everything still leaves us wondering what happen, when we pray but do not see any result. If prayer is so powerful and God hears us when we pray why is there no answer to our prayers? Why is it such a struggle to get beyond the veil in prayer? Have you ever felt like the words you pray are falling down on your own heads as you kneel to pray? Have you ever felt desperate to hear from God, you feel so close but yet so far away from him.
Before I came to Christ I never really prayed, mainly because I didn’t know how, I knew that I needed to pray but I had no idea why or how to start. One day as I was praying I got filled with the Holy Spirit, that changed my whole life and my whole outlook on prayer. Prayer became my place of solace and comfort. It became my happy place, my place of peace and hope.
God’s Presence in prayer
During my prayers, I saw amazing visions and experience the love and presence of God like never before. During one of my prayer time with some friends I had a tremendous vision from the Lord: I saw Jesus riding on a horse, he came up to my friends and I and placed a mantle on our shoulders. He was so close to me that I could feel warmth radiating from him. I asked him what these mantles are for and he said they were mantles of prayer.
I looked around us and realized that we were standing in the night sky way above the earth.
He said look down, as I did so I saw many mantles suspended above the earth, they were similar to the ones that Jesus placed on me and my friends. He told me that those were unclaimed mantles of prayer. They looked old and tattered and torn with holes in them, they were not colorful or attractive. As I consider the mantles, I realized they were tattered and torn because they were well used by other believers who have now gone one to be with the Lord.
The holes in them represents the missing revelation or perception,doubt and unbelief of the previous user. As I continue to behold the mantles I understood that the mantles repairs themselves as prayers are answered through faith. As I behold one mantle in particular, the Lord said it belonged to Charles Spurgeon, I could see that it was very clean and well made, brown with a kind of goldish hue, it was glinting in the night sky and very attractive. It gave the appearance of a very well kept fabric, that was washed, iron and folded.
As I continue to behold the other mantles I received the revelation the the holes in the mantles also represents the highs and lows of our prayer life. Sometimes we will feel like we are one the mount of transfiguration with Jesus and sometimes we will feel like we are down in the pit with Joseph. This bring me back to the issue at hand, why is it so hard to pray and get our prayers answered?
Barriers to Prayer
While there might be many other barriers to prayer I have identified three barriers that will definitely affect our prayer life. We do not pray according to the will of God, we have unforgiveness in our heart, or we do not persevere in prayer.
Praying God’s will
I have noticed that when we pray according to the will of God our prayers are answered quickly, I sometimes see instantaneous results even if the answer is no. We need to ask the Lord what is his will in the situation that we are praying about and then pray according to what was revealed to us. Often times we do the opposite we come to our place of prayer with our own fleshly carnal list of things that we want God to do. We must change this approach to prayer and seek God’s will for us rather than our will for our lives. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us and if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (I John 5:14 )
One of the main barrier to answered prayers is unforgiveness,
I find it very intriguing that right after Jesus said, “nothing is impossible with God”, he said, when we stand praying we should forgive those who have wronged us. If we do not forgive we cannot receive forgiveness from the Lord. If we do not receive forgiveness we have no audience with the Lord. Forgiveness is a conscious decision to release any intentions of revenge or getting even with the person who have wronged you. Sometimes the pain or issue is deep and we may need to ask God to give us the grace to make that decision to let it go.
Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I say to you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I say to you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11: 22-26
Another barrier to answered prayer is lack of perseverance, sometimes we need to get to the point of desperation like Jacob did. As Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord he said. I will not let you go until you bless me. We need to develop longevity in prayer and this does not happen over night, it a process. We can develop this habit of persevering prayer by creating a set time to pray, then pray according to what is in your heart and as the Holy Spirit gives you the desire to pray. Sometimes you will not feel like praying but if you discipline yourself to get to that place of prayer, it will happen. Desperation creates the vacuum that sustain perseverance.
Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:26
Identify where your barriers are and ask the Lord to help you overcome them. He will give your grace for any and every circumstances, all you have to do is ask. I hope this post has inspired you to jolt your prayer back to life.
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